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50 of the best players from the 1970s

Although it may have admittedly gone down as a decade of pure footballing frustration from the Three Lion’s point of view, the 1970’s nonetheless produced some of the finest players to ever grace the game itself.

Many of today’s very best stars simply owe their entire sporting philosophies to some of the important foundations laid during the 70s.

From the nation of Holland giving birth to the now well-known notion of ‘total football’ on the global scene, to the likes of Italy and West Germany proving as organised as ever right throughout the spine of their respective starting XI’s – it really is no surprise that some of the most legendary characters in world football made a name for themselves across this particularly enticing decade.

As the gentlemanly era of the 1960’s eventually moved on, making way for the introduction of the footballing ‘maverick’ – a player who dazzled fans and players alike with a brand new approach to the game seemingly unheard of before – the sport of football as we know it ultimately took on new meaning in the years that followed.

So then, in light of such a notion surrounding several faded stars of yesteryear, here are 50 of the best ever players from the 1970s…

50. Ray Clemence


49. Hector Chumpitaz


48. Wim Suurbier


47. Manuel Bento


46. Paulo Cezar Caju


45. Gunter Netzer


44. Wlodzimeirz Lubanski


43. Franco Causio


42. Arie Haan


41. Ubaldo Fillol


40. Johnny Rep


39. Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck


38. Romeo Benetti


37. Edu (Jonas Eduardo Americo)


36. Leopoldo Luque


35. Uli Hoeness

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34. Wolfgang Overath


33. Trevor Brooking


32. Pat Jennings


31. Ruud Krol


30. Kazimierz Deyna


29. Berti Vogts


28. Osvaldo Ardiles


27. Rob Rensenbrink


26. Gaetano Scirea


25. Marius Tresor


24. Giacinto Facchetti


23. Allan Simonsen


22. Roberto Bettega


21. Oleg Blokhin


20. Paul Breitner


19. Elias Figueroa


18. Hans Krankl


17. Grzegorz Lato


16. Daniel Passarella


15. Teofilo Cubillas


14. Sepp Maier


13. Liam Brady


12. Mario Kempes


11. Dino Zoff


10. Kenny Dalglish


9. Kevin Keegan


8. Johan Neeskens


7. Jairzinho


6. Gerd Muller


5. Carlos Alberto


4. Claudio Gentile


3. Rivellino


2. Franz Beckenbauer


1. Johan Cruyff

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